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Pioneer Woman

Pioneer Woman

Holiday 2020

Ree Drummond shares her enthusiasm for the simple joys in life and inspires readers with her newest creation, The Pioneer Woman Magazine. Each issue is like a day with a good friend, full of helpful advice, great recipes, fun shopping and heartfelt stories – and lots of laughs.

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in this issue

3 min.
what a gift!

I was so fun to give presents to when I was young. I used to drive my older brother crazy on Christmas morning because I always reacted so enthusiastically (and sometimes dramatically) to every gift I opened. I’d slowly peel back the wrapping paper, delight at what was inside (whether it was Love’s Baby Soft perfume, a sweater or a Madame Alexander doll) and loudly ooh and aah and jump around. My grandmother always told me that she most looked forward to Christmas at our house because she got such a kick out of watching me open presents. It was entertainment for her! I can’t put my finger on why receiving gifts ignited such excitement in my soul back then—or why I felt the need to dance around and proclaim my…

4 min.
talk to me!

What’s your go-to dish to make for Thanksgiving?—Brenda Groesbeck, Sand Springs, OK Stuffing, which is actually both stuffing and dressing in our house. My father-inlaw and I are the only ones who like it cooked in the bird; everyone else likes it baked in a pan. I love stuffing because you can change it up with ingredients like dried fruit or roasted veggies. I usually make a traditional stuffing and then a separate batch that’s a little bit different. This year, I’m going back to an old favorite and making the recipe on page 77. What holiday activities do you love doing with your kids?—Jessica Ochs, Houston I love, love, love making cinnamon rolls with my kids (find my recipe at thepioneerwoman.com/cinnamonrolls). These days they’re so busy that it doesn’t happen every year,…

1 min.
cover up!

Ree’s cover look “I love the colors of blanket coats, but their warmth is what makes them so magical!”—Ree What’s a blanket coat? The term describes outerwear that’s less structured than most coats. Blanket coats originated with Native American tribes: In the Southwest, Navajo people often wrapped and tied woven blankets around themselves, while in the Great Lakes region and Canada, tribes would stitch waterproof blankets from Hudson’s Bay Company into loose coats. PRODUCED BY JAMIE M. WILSON. BLANKET COAT PHOTOS AND STYLING: ALISON GOOTEE (5). BACKGROUND PHOTO: RALPH SMITH.…

1 min.
it’s a pattern…

Tartan Perhaps the best-known plaid, this style includes multicolored horizontal and vertical stripes of varying widths. It dates back to Scottish Highlanders, who wore printed kilts to represent their clans. Today the Scottish Register of Tartans includes more than 1,000 patterns—some of the most famous are Black Watch and Royal Stewart. Madras This colorful pattern of uneven checks and stripes originated as a dyed fabric in Madras (today known as Chennai), India, and it must be made with materials from there to be considered authentic. The fabric first came to the United States as a donation to Yale University from Madras’s governor, which is why it’s often associated with a preppy look. Glen This plaid features alternating patterns of large and small checks. It’s often called Prince of Wales check after Edward VIII, who was…

1 min.
plaid pioneers

King George IV The British king visited Scotland in 1822 and developed a love for tartan. The pattern has since been associated with British royals. Audrey Hepburn The big-screen legend and trendsetter famously wore a tartan blazer and a bow tie to a London dinner in 1950. Daisy Duke Actress Catherine Bach paired a midriff-baring plaid shirt with cutoffs on The Dukes of Hazzard in 1979, creating an iconic look. Johnny Rotten The lead singer of the Sex Pistols popularized tartan trousers in the ’70s, giving new meaning to a pattern tied to Queen Elizabeth II. Ronald Reagan The president wore a glen plaid suit on a trip to Europe in 1982. The press wasn’t happy about it, calling the look “unpresidential.” Princess Diana The princess was often photographed in tartan suits and hats; she wore this coatdress on a visit…

2 min.
letters of note

Frederick Douglass to Harriet Tubman When Frederick Douglass responded in 1868 to a request from Harriet Tubman, he couldn’t hide his admiration for the fellow abolitionist. Tubman had asked Douglass for a recommendation timed to an upcoming biography about her. “Most that I have done and suffered in the service of our cause has been in public,” he wrote. “You, on the other hand, have labored in a private way.” Jackie Robinson to President Eisenhower In 1958, the baseball legend and activist Jackie Robinson heard President Eisenhower give a speech urging Black Americans to be patient with the country’s treatment of them. Robinson then wrote this letter to him: “Seventeen million Negroes cannot do as you suggest and wait for the hearts of men to change. We want to enjoy now the rights…